Getting there and getting around Scotland

by Mary Caperton Morton
Monday, November 3, 2014

The main bus terminal (above) is located right next to Edinburgh's Waverly Train Station, also a hub for car rentals. Credit: Mary Caperton Morton.

To visit Scotland, fly into Edinburgh or take a train from London. Arthur’s Seat is within walking distance of the Royal Mile and downtown Edinburgh. Scotland has a good train and bus system with routes to the Highlands, but traveling between the smaller villages is easier by private car, if you can handle driving on the left-hand side of the road. The Cairngorm Mountains are best approached from Braemar, Tomintoul, Aviemore or Kingusse, all small towns with hotels and restaurants that cater to tourists visiting the park.

Buses can get you to the Highlands but traveling by car is easier. Credit: ┬ę Drusany.

Scotland is notorious for its nasty weather. In general, summer and fall are the best seasons to visit, but rain and fog are ubiquitous and ferocious weather can descend on the Cairngorms at any time of year. Be prepared for rain and you just might be rewarded with a few bluebird days. Be sure to check local weather reports before heading into the mountains, and always take extra layers of warm and waterproof clothing.

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